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New Zealand beats Argentina 39-18 in Rugby Championship

McCaw, Carter farewelled as New Zealand beats Argentina 39-18 in Rugby Championship

New Zealand beats Argentina 39-18 in Rugby Championship

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Captain Richie McCaw scored a try and flyhalf Dan Carter kicked 14 points in their last test in their Christchurch hometown as New Zealand beat Argentina 39-18 in the opening match of the Rugby Championship on Friday.

McCaw scored the first of New Zealand's five tries in the 20th minute -- his 25th try in his 138th test -- while Carter kicked four conversions and two penalties -- six goals from nine attempts -- to lift his world record points tally to 1,491 points in 104 tests.

Carter will quit New Zealand rugby after this year's World Cup to play for Racing Metro in France, while McCaw will retire after leading the All Blacks in their World Cup defense in September.

Friday's match is New Zealand's only home test this year, meaning neither McCaw nor Carter will play again in front of home fans.


Updated : 2021-09-25 05:11 GMT+08:00